Category: On The Diet
It is soothing to the digestive tract, and good for stimulating digestive juices. For those reasons, it can peripherally aid weight loss through promoting good digestion. :-)
Hi, Firstly thank you for a wonderful book! But I'm a bit confused with some things: Are soya products bad for type B? Can I TYPE b) have soya lecitin, soya beans, soya sauce and flour?And what about Tofu ice-cream? Another question. Can type As' eat eggs /whites/ yolks? The website says neutral but one of the recipies (vineager free mayonaisse) says AVOID egg yolks? Is eating just the whites a good alternate? The book and the website differ from eachother sometimes, which one is more up to date? Thank you very much for your time in helping me. sylvia
Yes, soy products are not recommended for type Bs due to a recent discovery that soy has an adverse effect on the integrity of the B antigen. Eggs are neutral for type As ~ the caveat in the recipe is based upon an older generation of blood group food lists. The website contains the most recently-updated information. :-)
I've noticed discrepancies between some food lists in the Eat Right 4 Your Type hardback and the smaller Blood Type list book. I am AB Negative, have been enjoying the benefits of the Blood Type diet (following it since January 2002) and just curious about discrepancies between two books, i.e., Misc. Beverages: List Book: Highly Beneficial: green tea, red wine Neutral: Beer, White Wine, Seltzer Avoid: coffee,liquor,soda,tea Eat Right: Highly Beneficial: coffee,green tea Neutral: beer, seltzer, club soda, red & white wine Avoid: Liquor, soda, tea Also all vinegar is to be avoided in List book - in Eat Right, vinegar is neutral, avoid white vinegar. Thank you, Mary
Hello, Mary ~ The small, individual blood type book is the one to follow if you do not plan to find out your secretor status. It has the latest listings. Thanks for writing!
Giving up wheat is a HUGE challenge. Can you make some recommendations for some "Bready" or "Pasta style" Brands? Cathy
Sure! "Food for Life" and "Nature's Path" for breads (Ezekiel, Essene, and 100% single-grain breads among which to choose based on your type) ~ Pastariso and DeBoles Organic rice pastas (spaghetti and a number of other shapes!). My very demanding type A, Bryan, insists that the rice pastas taste much better than the wheat-based commercial brands... he wouldn't dream of eating that semolina stuff anymore, just because of the flavor! So, I'll bet you won't be disappointed there. :-)
I've been cooking and eating charcoal grilled fish and smoked meats for 30 years - mainly stuff like slow smoked beef and grilled fish of wide varieties. I'm O. Assuming I stick with Type appropriate meats and fish, what are the BTD Diet ramifications of smoking them, if any? Our household has all 4 types represented and I do nearly all the cooking, so I'm interested in the effects on all 4 groups, not just O. Emmett
Hi, Emmett ~ Peter has posted his views on smoked/cured foods in the past, which I referred to in my Halloween column. The advice applies generally to all types, but since you're cooking for one of those demanding four-type families (HOW do you do it??), I'll add that types A and AB are statistically more prone to stomach cancer than type O or B, so I'd try to limit them to one smoked meal per month, and Os & Bs to one per week for health reasons -- just to be on the safe side. And I commend you for rising to the 4-type daily cooking challenge! :-D
thanks once again to everyone!!! :-D
Anna! Yes, it is very, very common. And it's a great sign! Your body is thanking you for your new diet! Now it has the opportunity to get rid of all the old poisons and impacted, dead matter lining your intestinal tract. In fact, it's an indicator of good health to have a bowel movement soon after eating in any case. Congratulations on getting rid of wheat and dairy, by the way! No small feat. These changes are just the beginning of the benefits of this diet... do savor every new development and "surprise" positive side-effect. and write in with them, OK? :-D
Hi, I've read your books and have been on the diet for 3 weeks. I am an O+ and have given up wheat and dairy products. I've been mostly a vegetable and fruit with protein person for years. I am about 15 pounds overweight and have lost about 5 pounds. When social events occur, I go off the diet and seem to gain back some of the weight and then lose again when I get back on. I don't seem to be going much beyond the 5 pounds. Also the book Live Right 4 Your Type and the little book for Type O Foods and Supplements have different lists of foods. Please advise if (1) losing slowly is reasonable and (2) what the difference is between the two food lists. Thank you. Winona
Hi, Winona ~ Well, three weeks isn't long at all. This diet works from deep areas outward, and sometimes weight loss is the last step in that process. Going on, then off, then back on any diet will make it more difficult to attain your goals, partly because it exacerbates insulin resistance. The five pounds you lose once takes far less time to go than the five pounds you're trying to lose for the 15th time. However, here's a way to step on the gas a little: EXERCISE! As I am wont to repeat myself, Exercise is Fully 50% of the Plan! And while you are waiting for that bodyweight to leave, check how your clothes fit. You can be gaining muscle and losing fat (and a pants size or two) even though the scale seems stuck. :-) About the food lists: Live Right is designed on two different subtypes ~ secretor and nonsecretor. The "Little Books'" lists really are hybrids, formulated to balance the benefits for those who may not know or plan to find out their secretor status. Hope this helps!!
Hi, I am type O , dont know secretor status. Ive been on diet for almost a week and feel tired and alittle light headed. have lost 3 lbs. I take 6 mg ativan a day for panic attacks. i am also allergic or at least very sensitive to b vitamins so am only taking calcium mag suppliment and a oliveleaf extract capsule daily. walk 40 min daily except sun. I am concerned about the lightheadedness iit makes me feel not well. My pulse is 62 today and is normally 70 i am 61 and have low BP too 100/60, this is normal for me, I see a Naturapath who prescribed the diet. But hasnt had a lot of patients on it yet. Any info much appreciated. Thanks, Boni
Hello, Boni! Another newcomer to the Blood Type Diets! Welcome!! I'm not familiar with "ativan," so please ask the doctor who prescribed it if lightheadedness is a side effect. The drug aside, you may not be eating enough! You didn't mention how much or what you eat, but as a type O with naturally low blood pressure myself, I can tell you that eating a good protein-based breakfast (and lunch) is a major key to feeling good all day ~ and that drinking a couple of glasses of water between meals is great for energy levels. Let me know more about what you're eating ~ what kinds of grain if any, anything with sugar in it, etc. Take care, and keep with it! This plan will definitely come through for you!!!
Dear Heidi, I enjoy your column immensely and read it every day - your positive attitude is wonderful. I submitted a question about two or three months ago and have yet to receive an answer. I know you're up to your eye balls in questions yet to be answered, but please let me know by e-mail if I need to seek help somewhere else. I had previously submitted the question to Dr. D'Adamo, but then he had to quit taking questions in order to free him for writing his new book, so by now I'm really anxious for some answers! In case you need to look up my question again, I had asked for some advice on what supps to take or foods to eat to improve my very unhealthy finger nails - they have pronounced vertical ridges and split easily, also the cuticles are very dry and hang nails have always been a problem. Inlcuded in the information I submitted was my blood type, secretor status and a list of supplements I'm currently taking. Believe me, I'm more concerned about what the status of my finger nails indicates regarding my over-all health than I am about how they look, although pretty fingernails would be nice : ) Thanks for your consideration, Becky
:-D Becky, thank you so much! Yes, I'm only caught up about three-quarters of the way through August, although I do sort in some more recent questions ~~ but I'm stepping up the pace!! :-}
You wrote earlier: In August of 2000 I had a mineral check done through Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory. The results indicated lower than reference range levels of chromium, cobalt, and manganese. In addition to adhereing to the diet, I've been supplementing with Methyl 12plus, Phytocal, Polyvite, Deflect, Fucus, Ester-C, organic flax oil, magnesium with silica, and have recently added horsetail shave grass and gotu kola. I've seen no improvement.
I agree that the nails are more than just decorations! Becky, could I impose upon you to write once more? Post a message to me containing three or four days' listings of what you eat and when. Note what your exercise activities and schedule are, and when you normally sleep & wake. How long have your nails been like this, and do you remember any triggering event? I'm posting all this here because I'm sure others will write in with some personal experience and advice! Between all of us, we'll get it cleared up, don't you worry!! :-)
As a Type B person, I've been following Dr D'Adamo's directives with the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail most mornings for several years. I recently purchased the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and was surprised to see under the listing for Lecithin(p.518) that type B's should AVOID it! Is this something new? Now I'm confused! L.S.
AH! That error is MINE! :-) In copy-editing the food lists, I changed that entry, on the certain assumption that "soy granules" meant "lecithin." It did not mean lecithin, it referred to an old cereal listing. Well, it slipped through! Lecithin is fine for everyone ~ we've corrected it in the TYPEbase 3® database. Hope this alleviates the confusion, and my apologies!
Tell me about horseradish. I understand it is good for me as an O. However, all the recipes I find call for prepared horseradish which has the vinegar in it. Any suggestions? I have a big ugly root in my refrigerator vegetable bin and am not sure what to do with it! Anyway to preserve it without vinegar - like freezing maybe? Thank you. melinda
:-) That big ugly root is what real home cooks and chefs use for horseradish! Scrub it off and use a grater to add however much you need to a dish. Warning - keep your face (eyes!) well away from the grating process, as this stuff packs some chemical "heat." It does not withstand freezing, but the fridge is fine, as long as you keep the root moist. Fridge air tends to be quite dry, and horseradish prefers 90-95% humidity with a temperature of 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit for longer-term storage. It is a fabulous taste... enjoy it!!
Dear Heidi, You have probably thought of this already, but could it be possible to have a TV Cooking Show, preferably with a high profile chef with street cred (such as Jamie Oliver), for instance. You would provide hime with the recipes and theoretical background so that hopefully he (or whomever is the talking head) would present them in a convincing manner. Cheerio, Jenny
Oh, I dream of it, dear. Anyone "close-in" with one of the TV cookery chefs or management? I imagine that some market-minded soul is already planning such a show, or at least will feature the BTD at some point on a program now running. If anyone has a lead we might follow up, or needs our support, just sing out! :-) thanks, Jenny!!
and, very sincerely, thank you all!!!
Hello, Joao ~ Acne starts (as so many diseases do) in your intestinal tract. The type A diet (yoga is great for this purpose, too!) will eliminate toxins and thereby promote healthy skin. The quantities of nuts, seeds and oil recommended for type A is not excessive ~ but more important, the types of oil, nuts, etc. on your Beneficial and Neutral list will actively improve your digestion, and thus your skin. Keep reading, and give it a good try... I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised! :-)
I am type A, my partner is type O. My question is about sheep milk products. There is nothing specific in the current literature, i.e. the four books by Peter d'Adamo (including the most recent Encyclopedia), on the subject of sheep milk, cheese, yogurt etc. I acknowledge the references that I found through the On the Diet page, but they still do not resolve my questions about the suitability of these products for As and Os. Can you please clarify? An email response would be much appreciated. I heartly applaud the wonderful work that Dr. D and all of you are doing! Thank you so much, T.Y.
:-) T, we have absolutely no rating for sheep milk products. Technically, "unknowns" may be considered "neutrals." Logically, "sheep dairy" is so close in nature to "goat dairy" that I personally view them as equivalent. Absent specific testing of sheep milk and sheep cheeses, that's as clear as I can be! and I'm so glad you're pleased with the books and the site!! :-D
Hi, I'm wondering if you can help. I'm an A pos blood type and apparently soy sauce is OK for me to have according to the blood type diet, but wheat is not. Many soy sauces in Australia list wheat in the ingredients. Is this considered a problem? Also, what is the Amreican term for the vegetable beetroot? I can't seem to find it listed anywhere in the Blood Type Diet book. Beetroot is a bright red vegetable that grows in the ground and is sort of roundish an shape and size of a fist. I would be really grateful if you could respond. best wishes, justine.
Hello, Justine ~ Look for organic wheat-free tamari. I believe San-J is a popular international brand, you may be able to find that one. It is less of a problem for type As than for anyone else, so if you cannot find or order wheat-free tamari, just pick the best one available to you.
Beetroot? Here's one:
The leaves look like spinach or chard, most like what we call "swiss chard," very dark green with ruby-red stem and veining. The root is the deepest red, and will produce berry-like stains. Same as your beetroot? :-)
I am A Positive-with sinus problems, tired all the time. Looking for the Foods for A Positive to eat & to avoid. Can you help me? Juices? I have migranes. Anything you can help me with will be appreciated. What is a secretor? barbara
Hello, barbara ~ have you read either of the books Eat Right 4 Your Type or Live Right 4 Your Type? They contain full food lists. Also, go to the TYPEbase 3® link (it is also on the front page of this site, www.dadamo.com) and search for individual foods there ~ that is our MOST up-to-date listing. Your migraines could be due to a number of different foods you're now eating ~ write back once you've had a look at this diet plan, and let's see what we can do! The information on secretors is right here, just click the link. Take care, and write back!